BART Transbay Service Closure During SF Zine Fest

A reminder to our East Bay friends: 


BART will be shutting down transbay service between September 5th and 7th; West Oakland BART Station will be closed. BART will offer lifeline bus service between 19th Street in Oakland and the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, but the buses are intended only for those who have no other options.

AC Transit will be running its regular Transbay Bus Service. Transbay buses drop off and pick up at multiple locations in the East Bay and at the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco.

  • Line F: serves Berkeley, Emeryville & North Oakland (including Ashby BART)

  • Line NL: serves Oakland (including 19th St. BART/Uptown Transit Center)

  • Line O: serves Alameda & Oakland (including Fruitvale BART)


Getting to Zine Fest the Temporary Transbay Terminal in Downtown SF:

Catch the 7 bus toward the Sunset District at the stop at Main St. & Howard St. (at the NW end of the Terminal). Get off at Lincoln Way & 9th Ave.

Or walk up Main St. to Market St. (away from the freeway) to the Embarcadero BART/MUNI station. Take the N MUNI line Outbound. Exit the train at 9th and Irving stop and walk north one block on 9th Avenue. At Lincoln Way, you will see the County Fair Building directly in front of you.


Consider taking the ferry!

The San Francisco Bay Ferry will be offering additional service on its Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco route and Vallejo/San Francisco route during the BART closure. From the San Francisco Ferry Building, catch the 7 bus at Fremont St. & Market St. or the N MUNI train at Embarcadero station Market St. & Main St.

SFZF 2015 Applications


Please read our FAQ below for more information on this year's event and application:

What has changed for SFZF 2015?

This year, San Francisco Zinefest will be held on September 6th 2015. Unlike previous years, SFZF 2015 will be a one day event. Because renting our venue for one day costs significantly less, table prices have gone down this year! Half tables cost $35 and full tables cost $65.

SFZF 2015 will be a curated event. Table sales are no longer first-come first-served. All interested participants are asked to fill out an application to SFZF 2015. Tabling applications are open from May 1st - May 22nd. We expect to receive more applications than we have spaces available, so we will not be able to offer everyone a table.

We will have significantly fewer full tables this year in order to accommodate as many zinesters as possible. Half tables are intended for individual artists and full tables will be reserved for distros and artist collectives.

Why are you requiring applications this year, instead of giving tables to whoever asks first?

We love how diverse the zine and DIY community is, especially in the Bay Area! And we know that the first-come-first-served approach to exhibitor selection, though simple, tends to leave out groups of folks who don’t have easy access to our announcements or to the internet in general. As organizers, we’re hoping that the time we’ll spend on reviewing and curating can create a more diverse event, showcasing everyone from veterans of the scene to first-time zinesters.

What are you looking for in my application?

There's no one right answer, other than: tell us about what you make and why you love zines! While you are welcome to sell things other than zines at your table, we are looking for artists that are involved in zines, comics, art books and other types of publications in some way.

What is a safer space, and why do I have to sign a safer space agreement?

A safer space is “a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety” (from the Coalition for Safer Spaces). SFZF organizers are committed to maintaining a safer space at zinefest, and we ask all tablers and attendees to make the same commitment.

What do volunteers do at SF Zinefest?

Volunteers are an essential part of SF Zinefest! Some of the tasks we ask volunteers to help us with include: setting up and breaking down tables, supervising and collecting zines for the zine library, and helping attendees at the info table. Each year we have a zinefest pre-party with the volunteer staff. At the pre-party, everyone can meet and we make signs for the event, fold programs, and talk about logistics.

Volunteering with SFZF is also a great way to get to know the organizers, give feedback and share your ideas about the event. Much of the zinefest organizing team started out as volunteers. Some of the SFZF organizers will be stepping down after 2015, and new organizers will be needed in order for SFZF 2016 to happen!

Any other questions? Email us at!

Shout Out to LAZF for a Great Show

While sitting in the corner of Melrose and Heliotrope, across the street from L.A. City College, a stranger walks up to me. He tells me he was walking through Hollywood without a plan, and stumbled into a line of people. He then said he was a screenwriter, a filmmaker, a designer. I smiled politely, but in my head I thought, “Of course you are.” And as I listened to this man’s outlandish stories about making it in the film industry, I laughed to myself at how familiar the scene felt – how I missed it - and I relished every lie. I looked at the line of people waiting to enter the Ukranian Cultural Center, with a new understanding: people waited an hour to walk into a sanctuary for honesty and L.A. Zine Fest was it.

As a Los Angeles native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I often find myself defending my hometown. The stereotypes of a fake, glitzy L.A. do not hold up to L.A.’s complexities, its irony, sense of humor and personality.  L.A., a geographically and thematically divided city, is more than a mecca for the entertainment industry. While you have a combination of tacky and pretentious Hollywood, you also have a hard-working and real South/East L.A. On one hand, you have a world where everyone is trying to be somebody. On the other, you have a world where people are simply trying to exist. The question is: How do you survive? In my personal experience, the answer to that question has always been art. And had there been an L.A. Zine Fest while I was growing up, the question of survival would have never came up.

The Festival started with a reading on Saturday at Footsies in Highland Park. It featured 12 artists and three bands. Some of the readers included Esther Pearl Watson, Yumi Sakugawa, Gabrielle Gamboa, Tomas Moniz, Nicole Georges, Zack Soto, and Cassie Sneider, all traveling from areas in Southern California, Northern California, Portland and New York.

The following day was the main event at the Ukranian Cultural Center, where nearly 100 exhibitors showcased their work.  The artists presented such a lovely survey of DIY culture they attracted people from all over L.A. County.  Even well-known animators, cartoonists, and musicians circled the area. And if the art legends weren’t seen walking through those aisles, they were seen at the Moth Theater as guest panelists.

One of the highlights of the weekend was listening to a panel with Allison Wolfe, Drew Denny, and my personal hero: Alice Bag. This panel represented all of the things that were unique to L.A. Even though L.A. is famous for being home to many celebrities, it’s also home to many artists who thrive for more than a celebrity status. Here were three women who volunteered their time and energy to be a part of a Zine Fest panel, simply because they wanted to support the fest and the community they believe in.

Every panel had rich content and was well thought-out. The L.A. Zine Fest organizers took every resource L.A. had to offer to make the most out of this event, and to make sure everyone knows a strong community of independent artists exists in Southern California. L.A. Zine Fest showed L.A.’s true character. It was able to combine the glitzy, the gritty in the artist. It was everything I love and miss about L.A., and even more...

Your weekend plans: attending LA Zine Fest!

Calling all west coast zinesters! LA is on the loose and ready to shake things up in the zine scene with the freshly minted LA Zine Fest, happening this Sunday, February 17th. I sat down with three of the five core organizers – Meredith Wallace, and Bianca Barragan -- and asked them about the burgeoning DIY movement in SoCal, how the LAZF came together, and what it means to be a zinester living in LA.

Can you give SFZF readers a little bit of back story about the LA Zine Fest?

Rhea: I've been organizing events and playing shows at alternative venues in Los Angeles like Echo Curio, Pehrspace and The Smell for the past 5 or 6 years. While working for an independent business that had a studio for artists and crafters, I decided to start a zine club. Meredith and Bianca were pretty much the only people who showed up! That was a big conversation starter for us: we knew there was a community of zinesters, but the issue in this city is always establishing centralized locations where people can connect and meet.
Meredith: That was back in 2010; we started putting together small DIY/zine related events. We were struggling to put together a show of mini zines, but couldn't find a space to host it. Around this time, Bianca and I attended SF Zine Fest to table. We had an absolutely amazing time and met so many awesome people, but left wondering why we had to drive 7 hours for a zine fest. We knew there were tons of people in LA who made zines and comics, but there wasn’t a cohesive zine community. We wanted a more connected self-publishing community to foster collaboration. We also wanted to give writers, illustrators and cartoonists an alternative to flashier, more expensive events like Comic Con.

Do you feel that the LA zine community is different than SF bay area zine community?

Meredith:It wasn't until I was living in LA that I really got involved with the zine community. I think the SoCal and NorCal communities are similar in a lot of ways, but I see a larger crossover between various DIY communities at LAZF. Many local zinesters are also musicians, artists or creators in other capacities. That's one thing about LA: there is never a shortage of creative overachievers! It's been great to be able to use LAZF as a platform to promote various DIY communities in LA.

Bianca: Everyone always complains that L.A. is super-spread out. It is, don't get me wrong, but something I just realized is that it's not a disadvantage all the time. I think that it's made a lot of us very tolerant of traveling long distances to go places we really want to get to.


For this year’s LAZF, what can attendees expect – is there any one thing that you’re excited about, from an organizer’s standpoint? 

Bianca: Well, I'm psyched the Fest is spreading out. This year our Zine Library will be across the street at a shop called HRLDRY, an art gallery and vinyl shop. Panels will take place at The Moth Theatre on the other side of the street. We try to use our event to draw attention to great neighborhoods and help local businesses. This year, it's going to be a block party.

Rhea: Each year we aim to curate a unique event that highlights the diversity of zines and local DIY culture. We have some exceptional women leading discussions and workshops this year, which is awesome. There’s a ton of badass ladies in the self-publishing and DIY movement! We’re also anticipating ten times the amount
 of hugs and high fives this year.

As organizers of the LAZF, do you feel that a “zine renaissance” is currently taking place? Small press publishing seems to be everywhere these days. How has this awareness of DIY print culture helped get the LAZF off the ground?

Bianca: I think people have a hard time finding each other on the basis of liking zines. I did at least. At last year's Fest, everywhere I looked, I was thinking, "Who ARE these people?" I thought it was going to be, like, my parents and my best friends. But I think L.A. was just waiting. I like to think that we LAZF organizers are carrying a torch that's been passed to us from Jessica Gao and organizers of Super*market at UCLA, and the organizers of the Golden Apple Zine Fest before that. It goes back decades. L.A. has always loved alternative And I'll be honest: people have been so receptive and that’s something that makes me feel like all the work I do for LAZF is doing something. The more I pay attention to what's going on, the more excited I am to be part of something like this.

Rhea: It's really exciting to have one year of organizing under our belt. Presenting this opportunity for people to connect and share their work with each other has led to collaborations and events throughout the past year that may not have happened otherwise. Writers and artists who didn't imagine zines as an additional creative outlet are now coming out of their shell, turning blogs into print and creating some really incredible


Any other tidbits to share?

Bianca: Thank you so much for doing this interview--what a great idea! I hope we can return the favor closer to September and SFZF.

The LA Zine Fest takes place on Sunday, February 17th at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 4315 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA. 
For more information, take a look at their blog:

First timer at the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest

I’m pretty new to making zines. Having made a couple and forced them into the hands of friends who didn’t burn them or chuck them in the trash, I wanted to venture out to the wider Bay Area zine community. The East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZF) seemed like the ideal place to do that, given that it seemed accessible to a newbie like me and half a table was $15.

Getting a friend to go into the Berkeley Community College to drop off my registration form and money (apparently he managed to get in to the office and leave it on someone’s chair. Is that creepy? I can’t tell,) meant that I actually had to start taking this a bit seriously and getting things photocopied and put together. For a novice, this is pretty scary. How many zines are too many? What if there aren’t enough? What if NO-ONE buys them? Why does everyone get upset when you say you want to sell your zines for 50c? Also the repetitive cutting and folding void when you realize you have 24 hours before the zine fest and you’ve got 100 bits of paper to fold. Ahem.

December 8th rolled around and I found myself trying to set up half a table with an oversized rug and my weird poetry zines in the bowels of the Berkeley Community College. The EBABZF crew were really friendly and stopped by every so often to check on you, something they did throughout the day which I really appreciated. In fact, I think the guy from Rad Dad even bought one of my posters, which was an unexpected cool moment.

People were ridiculously friendly, from neighboring tables (a big shout out to Marisa de la Peña who I sat next to for the day. You should check out her stuff here: to anyone who stopped by my table for a chat. I managed to trade for a load of awesome zines and people ACTUALLY bought my zines, despite my complete lack of sales banter. I’ve noticed there are lots of people who are very good at this. I am not one of them.

Given my hyper-excitement and inability to relinquish my table to anyone for longer than 5 minutes (I was forced to take a lunch break by concerned friends. Berkeley Farmer’s Market. $8 crepes. Discuss,) I missed all of the speakers, panels and workshops. Reliable friends and housemates tell me they were excellent, especially the silk screening workshop and Adam Mansbach’s reading. I did get to have a quick wander round the other tables though and was bowled over by the amount of creative people making funny, political, thought-provoking and beautiful art.

SFZF at Treasure Island Music Festival

For those of you attending the Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend, we're happy to announce the SF Zine Fest will be hosting a Zine Reading Room (well, technically "Reading Tent") at the event. If you need a break from the sun, wind, or happen to be walking by, please stop by! The Zine Tent will have a collection of hand-crafted books, fanzines, and comics, for you to admire. Hope to see you there!

SFZF 2012 Wrap Up

Whether you were an attendee, exhibitor, or volunteer, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's San Francisco Zine Fest. We're happy to say that it was a huge success. Not only was it well attended, but the general vibe was warm, friendly, and it felt like a solid community. The feedback we received has been purely positive. Even though we, organizers, worked hard to put this together, our efforts are only a small part of what SF Zine Fest so amazing. Its success is truly based on the people who exhibit their work, attend our events, and volunteer their time and labor to make SFZF happen. This year has been really rewarding, and that is thanks to you.

Download the 2012 SFZF Program!

This year's Zine Fest is only a few days away and anticipation is through the roof. We want to make sure our attendees are fully prepared for all the exhibitors, panels, and workshops going down this weekend, so we're making this year's Fest program available digitally as well as in print. You can pick up a print copy at the Fest, but if you're looking for a sneak peak click the link below to start the download!

Click HERE to download the 2012 SFZF Program>>

Photo courtesy of Cindy Maram, Dig In Magazine

SF Zine Fest After Party @ Mission Comics

Celebrate the fun and excitement of the SF Zine Fest at our annual Mission Comics after party, happening Saturday September 1st, at 7pm!

Mix and mingle with some of the Bay Area's most talented creators and meet the team that makes the Zine Fest happen. There will be food, drinks, and even a few DIY-themed party games where you can win some seriously cool prizes.

Don't forget to join the event on Facebook, and as always, admission is FREE!